The Cabal

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The Cabal was an influential black-aligned organization on Otaria, in Dominaria.[1] Consisting of Clerics [2], Wizards and Minions [3] it worshipped money and profit, with its "god" in reality being the numen Kuberr. In recent years the demon Belzenlok replaced Kuberr as their god, and the organisation had become a death cult and had spread far beyond Otaria.[4]

Storyline[edit | edit source]

Foundation[edit | edit source]

The Cabal founded by Virot Maglan in 4050 AR, in the in the wake of the collapse of Suderbod.[5]

Pit fights[edit | edit source]

The Cabal performed a variety of functions in Otaria, the most famous and profitable being its pit fights and other gladiatorial displays that Otarians could watch and gamble on as a means of entertainment. [6] The competitors in the pits included wild animals taken from Krosa and the Pardic Mountains, slaves, horrors created by the Cabal's specialist dementia casters [7], professional gladiators earning a living (such as Kamahl and Ixidor), and even ordinary people looking to settle disputes in a violent but organized manner. Following the Phyrexian Invasion, the popularity of such displays grew due to the breakdown of society and the subsequent harshness of life on Otaria, resulting in a major expansion in the wealth and influence of the Cabal.

Structure[edit | edit source]

The structure of the Cabal was similar to an extended family, with members referring to each other as brother and sister. At the head of the family was Virot Maglan, who was referred to as patriarch or pater. One key concept in the Cabal's hierarchy was that of secret names. Every member of the Cabal was given a new cabalist name when they joined, while their original name was kept as a secret that when spoken gave the speaker control over them. The patriarch alone knew everyone's secret name and could therefore use it to control his subjects.

Cities[edit | edit source]

The Cabal controlled two major cities on Otaria. The first and foremost was the aptly named Cabal City, which served as the capital of the organisation and the residence of the Cabal Patriarch. The Cabal's second major city was Aphetto in the south. Although the city was significantly smaller, less profitable, and more disordered than the capital, following the Patriarch's exile to Aphetto and Cabal City's subsequent destruction by Chainer Aphetto became the new center of Cabal activities. The Cabal also later built a third city based around the Grand Coliseum which served as their new main base of operations. They also created a presence in many other towns by building coliseums and running pit fights in them.

Enemies[edit | edit source]

The Cabal's most persistent enemies were the Order, who found the Cabal's exploitative nature, decadence, amorality, and profiteering morally despicable. In return, the Cabal saw the Order as sanctimonious, self-righteous, uptight, intolerant zealots. The two organizations frequently clashed, although neither had the strength to eradicate the other.

Reign of Kuberr[edit | edit source]

The reincarnated Kuberr took over the Cabal after the Patriarch's death. After his death, the Cabal was presumed defunct as of around 4500 AR.

Resurgence[edit | edit source]

After the Mending, the Cabal performed a ritual to resurrect Kuberr, but accidentally freed the elder [demon]]lord Belzenlok from the Abyss instead.[8] Belzenlok restored the power of the Cabal.[9] Now primarily a death cult, the Cabal expanded away from Otaria, shifting their capital to the Stronghold of Urborg. The expansion started shortly after the mending.[10] The Cabal has corrupted expanses in areas as far away as Benalia and it has infiltated New Argive, Shiv and Suq'Ata. Its zombies are called revenants and its knights are called grimnants. The clerics and wizards are Dementia casters. The Cabal also employs undead remnants (dread shades) and skin witches.[11]

Belzenlok's reign was ended when he was slain by the joined efforts of the Weatherlight crew and the Gatewatch.[12]

Significant members[edit | edit source]

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Cabal gallery[edit | edit source]

Cabal structures[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Family Man by Scott McGough
  2. Magic Arcana. (April 22, 2003.) “Sketches: Infernal Caretaker”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  3. Magic Arcana. (April 26, 2004.) “Grave robber flavor text”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  4. Martha Wells. (March 21, 2018.) “Return to Dominaria, Episode 1”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  5. Squirle. (June 11, 2018.) "Legends of Dominaria & Magic Story Podcasts", Multiverse in Review, Tumblr.
  6. Magic Arcana. (October 18, 2006.) “What Does Curse of the Cabal Depict?”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  7. Magic Arcana. (January 07, 2002.) “Dementia Summoners”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  8. Squirle. (June 11, 2018.) "Legends of Dominaria & Magic Story Podcasts", Multiverse in Review, Tumblr.
  9. Martha Wells. (March 21, 2018.) “Return to Dominaria: Episode 1”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  10. Martha Wells. (April 25, 2018.) “Return to Dominaria, Episode 7”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  11. Martha Wells. (March 22, 2018.) “Return to Dominaria: Episode 2”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  12. Martha Wells. (May 30, 2018.) “Return to Dominaria: Episode 12”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
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